Follow the Roosevelt Trail
Some say the Maine woods - and Bill Sewall - helped shape the man who would become America's 26th President and one of its greatest conservationists.
Down East's February issue includes an in-depth examination of Teddy Roosevelt's early experiences in Maine. For an adventure fit for a president, check out some of Roosevelt's favorite stomping grounds that have become iconic Maine landmarks:
The Sewall House, Island Falls
Now a yoga retreat, the home that Bill Sewall built is still in the center of Island Falls. And the third floor is still a study devoted to the friendship of Roosevelt and his Maine Guide. Photographs and paintings of the pair are found all over the house. www.sewallhouse.com.
Bible Point State Historic Site
Every day during his sojourn at the side of Mattawamkeag Lake, Theodore Roosevelt would take his Bible to a spot of land at the confluence of West Branch Mattawamkeag and First Brook to read quietly. The state has since made the twenty-seven acre parcel a historic site. Access is limited. For more information visit www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/doc/parks/find_name.pl and type in Bible Point.
Now part of Baxter State Park, Maine's highest peak has changed much since Teddy Roosevelt climbed it in his slippers. www.baxterstateparkauthority.com
Aroostook River - Munsungan Lakes
There is still some great paddling to be done on the Aroostook River in the Munsungan area. Try the Libby Camp to Oxbow Landing route, seventeen miles of Class I fun.
- By: Andrew Vietze